Christ among the Doctors of the Law



Monday, April 28, 2008

Four cheers for New York's Cardinal Egan

Four cheers, not three.

Three for telling Rudy Giuliani, a notorious supporter of legalized abortion, that Canon 915 means what it says, that those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are subject to the withholding of Holy Communion. Chronic promotion of abortion, in which Rudy engages, is a grave sin. See Cdl. Ratzinger's letter of June 2004.

And an extra cheer for holding in reserve the slam-dunk norm prohibiting Rudy from committing objective sacrilege against the Eucharist, namely, the
1994 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CONCERNING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION BY THE DIVORCED AND REMARRIED MEMBERS OF THE FAITHFUL, esp. para. 4: "If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God's law. Consequently, they cannot receive Holy Communion as long as this situation persists." Rudy is divorced and remarried outside the Church.

Under either heading, then, whether for pro-abortion activism or for divorce and remarriage, to say nothing of both, Rudy is barred from receiving Communion. Period. His very, very public act of defiance in taking Communion at the papal Mass deserves swift and firm condemnation.

Related post: 15 March 2007. Since when is Rudy Giuliani excommunicated?
Related article: Denial of the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholic politicians (1990)
Read Phil Lawler's excellent analysis.